Plus Confusion

In their infinite wisdom, the IE team thinks it’s a good idea to differentiate the versions of IE7 for XP and for Vista. It is a valid concern to have; especially for support calls. But, since they run on different operating systems, they needed yet another modifier in a product name, because saying you run Vista or XP is much more difficult. So, here you have it: IE7+ is IE7 for Vista and IE7 is IE7 on XP. I would have just left it as IE7 on Vista and IE7 on XP, but I guess the + makes much more sense.

3 thoughts on “Plus Confusion”

  1. I think that saying “no one cares” is a bit much. There are apparently people who do care (read comments in IE team’s blog post). I just think that they could have done a better job with the name. I mean, how many times have we all seen a site that “supports IE5.5+” Where the + is intended to be interpreted as “greater than”. This new name isn’t as backwards compatible.

    But, as has been pointed out. People like to have the “plus” editions of things. So, if they can only get IE7+ with Vista, maybe that will be enough for them to upgrade. At least some folks at Microsoft might hope so.

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